Special Dinner: July 2014

September 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. July’s dinner actually came from two cookbooks, not one: Pam Hoenig’s The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook and Chocolate Ecstasy by Christine France.

Jul 2014 Special Dinner

As starter, we enjoyed a clam, corn and sausage chowder, made with fresh, local corn. Mr. E roasted the corn on the grill before cutting the kernels off to put in the chowder. I was pleasantly surprised at the resulting smoky flavor. The combination was delicious!

The chowder was followed by chicken with olives and artichokes. It was a paella or risotto-like dish with calamari kalamata olives and chicken from a local farm. Unfortunately, the olives rather overwhelmed all other flavors, but I’d imagine it would be very yummy with regular canned olives.

For dessert, Mr. E made a sumptuous black and white chocolate mousse. Smooth, rich and refrigerator-chilled perfection. Ahh!

Jul 2014 Table

I used a combination of colorful and white dishes and a yellow-orange Marimekko poppy runner for a simple yet summery table. (And forgot the napkins. D’oh!)

This dinner was fantastic! We’ll have to try the chowder in the winter with frozen corn to see whether it’ll come out as delicious as with fresh corn. I hope so!

And now that I’ve finally posted July’s special dinner (hello there, procrastination), it’s time to do August…

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